- •Surgical educators most commonly have multimodal learning preferences.
- •Certain teaching styles are associated with effectiveness in surgical educators.
- •Surgical educators rate their teaching effectiveness lower than residents rate them.
Effective surgical educators have specific attributes and learner-relationships. Our aim was to determine how intrinsic learning preferences and teaching styles affect surgical educator effectiveness.
We determined i) learning preferences ii) teaching styles and iii) self-assessment of teaching skills for all general surgery attendings. All general surgical residents in our program completed teaching evaluations of attendings.
Multimodal was the most common learning preference (20/28). Although the multimodal learning preference appears to be associated with more effective educators than kinesthetic learning preferences, the difference was not statistically significant (80.0% versus 66.7%, p = 0.43). Attendings with Teaching Style 5 were more likely to have a lower “professional attitude towards residents” score on SETQ assessment by residents (OR 0.33 (0.11, 0.96), p = 0.04). Attendings rated their own “communication of goals” (p < 0.001), “evaluation of residents” (p = 0.04) and “overall teaching performance” (p = 0.01) per STEQ domains as significantly lower than the resident’s assessment of these cofactors.
Identification of factors intrinsic to surgical educators with high effectiveness is important for faculty development. Completion of a teaching style self-assessment by attendings could improve effectiveness.
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Published online: August 29, 2020
Accepted: August 19, 2020
Received in revised form: August 3, 2020
Received: May 13, 2020
☆Accepted for presentation at Surgical Education Week, Seattle, April 28- May 2 2020, meeting cancelled due to COVID-19
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